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JOCK WILSON'S BALL. AKA - 'Jock Wilson's," "Mo Chuachag Laghach." "My Gentle Milk Maid." Scottish, Pipe Reel. B Minor/Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Cranford/Holland): AAB (Perlman). "Jenny Nettles" is perhaps the ancestral tune, however, according to Bobby MacLeod, it was composed by Pipe Major John McColl of Oban. Paul Stewart Cranford (2000) notes that the Cape Breton fiddle setting is perhaps linked to a local puirt a beul (mouth music) version, and that "Chuachag Laghach Thu" (My Gentle Milk Maid)/"Mo chuachag laghach" is a close variant in pipe repertoire.

Source for notated version: Paul MacDonald (b. 1974, Charlottetown, Queens County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman].

Printed sources: Cranford (Jerry Holland: The Second Collection), 2000; No. 69, p. 28 (appears as "Jock Wilson's"). Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), vol. 1, 1991; p. 44. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 113.

Recorded sources: Rounder 82161-7032-2, Bill Lamey - "From Cape Breton to Boston and Back: Classic House Sessions of Traditional Cape Breton Music 1956-1977" (2000). Jerry Holland - "Master Cape Breton Fiddler" (1982).

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]

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